Sheriff Matt Bostrom
Matt Bostrom has more than 34 years of law enforcement experience including service as Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, Senior Commander, Chief of Staff, Assistant Chief of Operations, Assistant Chief of Support Services with the Saint Paul Police Department, and most recently as Ramsey County Sheriff.
As sheriff for six years, Matt’s daily operations were guided by core values of “Providing safety through community policing”, “Collaborating with public safety, community and justice partners”, “Preserving trust through fiscal responsibility”, “Encouraging diversity to reflect the community”, “Improving service through technology” and “Connecting with youth to build for the future”.
Matt was twice nominated as National Sheriff of the Year and both times he was awarded the Medal of Merit from the National Sheriffs’ Association. Some of his accomplishments include: reorganizing the department to improve effectiveness and efficiency by focusing on the vision, mission, values, and beliefs; co-founding the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; launching professional standards, comprehensive training, and diverse hiring initiatives; and engaging with the community to build relationships and prevent crime. The hallmark of his service as sheriff was a focus on increasing the level of trust between the community and police officers. Through listening to the community, he learned of their desire for police departments to hire for character and train for competence. In response, he launched a recruitment and hiring initiative that centered on selecting women and men who possessed four observable character traits: trustworthy, truthful, responsible, and respectful. This initiative has increased community trust and improved police officer work habits including sick time usage, discipline, and commendations.
The Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford is interested the developing a replicable model for increasing police trust and they invited Matt to complete a second doctoral degree and to lead research in this area. The objective of the research is to increase community trust in police officers by transforming the type of personnel who are recruited into the field of policing and reinforcing excellent character within police agencies. Matt received his formal education at the University of Northwestern (Bachelor of Science), University of Saint Thomas (Master of Arts), Hamline University (Doctor of Public Administration), and will complete his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Oxford University in 2018. Matt is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and certified State of Minnesota Emergency Manager. Matt authored “The Influence of Education on Police Officer Work Habits” which was published in Police Chief, and he co-authored “Character-Based Police Officer Selection” for the United States Department of Justice. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s University, the University of Northwestern, and Hamline University.
A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Matt grew up near Lake Phalen and graduated from Johnson High School. He is a member of the leadership team at CrossCultural Church. He currently lives in Saint Paul, with Cheryl, his wife of more than 35 years. Together they have three adult children.
Specialties: Government Administration, Public Safety, Criminal Justice, Higher Education, Non-Profit Boards, and Athletic Coaching